The high-security registration plate scheme is finally expected to be implemented in Delhi by May. Sources in the Delhi government said changes had been made in the new tender specifications and the successful vendor will have to set up centres by April 30,which is earlier than the previous deadline.
The new vehicles will have to install the high-security registration plate (HSRP) from May 1,while older vehicles can do so from June 15, said a source. Earlier,the Transport department had said the HSRP scheme would be implemented from June.
The changes in the tender specifications was noted through an advertisement on Monday. We hope to finalise on a vendor by March 31 so that the vendor has a months time to set up the centres, said a senior government official.
This is the second time that the Transport department has come out with a tender after the previous one failed to get a successful response. Sources said the new tender had been changed technically following the dismal response to the previous specifications.
The HSRP centres will be set up initially at the regional transport offices (RTOs). Later,independent centres will be set up as well, said an official. The notification for mandatory installation of these high-security registration plates will be also taken out in the first week of May.
The Transport department will start with new vehicles. The plan is that older vehicles can install the new numberplates from June 15 onwards, the official said.
The department is hoping that the re-tendering will get a better response and the process can be finished by March 31,the date set for complying with the Supreme Court order.
The project was earlier to be implemented by the Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS). However,with the Supreme Court recommending a single-vendor process for HSRP,the agreement with DIMTS had to be dropped.